Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after Sunday's race at Brno:
Four in a row for Marquez and Pedrosa makes it a fourth 1-2 for Repsol Honda
Today in the GP of the Czech Republic, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa recorded Repsol Honda's fourth 1-2 finish of 2013, with Marc taking his fourth win in a row - fifth of the year – something no premier class rookie has achieved in the 65-year history of Grand Prix racing.
It was a spectacular race which saw Jorge Lorenzo steal the lead from the start as Marc and Dani both progressed a position to slot in behind him in 2nd and 3rd. Once again the three Spanish riders rode in perfect formation with barely any time separating them, Marc setting a new fastest race lap on lap 3 with 1'56.135.
On lap 13, marshals displayed a white flag signalling there may be some rain. Thankfully the threat didn't materialise and the three riders continued to push. Then on lap 16, Marc attacked Lorenzo passing him briefly before being passed back. A few corner s later, Marc attempted a move agin and this time made it stick. Lorenzo didn't give up and on lap 18 he passed Marc again to retake the lead and on lap 19 Marc took the position back with just a few laps remaining. Dani never lost touch to Marc and Lorenzo during this battle and on lap 20 he also passed Lorenzo to secure 2nd position and a fantastic 1-2 for the Repsol Honda Team.
With Marc's victory in Brno, he has become the first rider since Valentino Rossi in 2008 to win four or more successive races in the premier class and also the youngest rider to have won four successive premier class Grand Prix races. He has also equalled the most podiums scored by a rider in his rookie season, matching Valentino Rossi, who finished on the podium ten times in 2000.
Dani's 2nd place finish marks his 78th podium finish in the premier class, equalling four-time 500cc World Champion Eddie Lawson. Only three riders have more podium finishes in the premier class: Valen tino Rossi (145), Mick Doohan (95) and Giacomo Agostini (88).
Marc has now stretched his lead to 213 points with Dani on 187 and Lorenzo on 169. Honda also lead the Constructors Championship and the Repsol Honda Team lead the Team Championship.
Marc Marquez 1st Championship Standing: 1st - 213 points
"I'm so happy! Before we came here I didn't expected win, because Jorge and Valentino had both tested at Brno recently and Dani is always so fast here and won the race last year. It is a completely different track to those at which we have raced before, and these 25 points feel different to Indianapolis! This was a very hard fought win and I enjoyed myself a lot. The battle with Jorge was really good and we are pleased with the victory. Thanks to all the team!"
Dani Pedrosa 2nd Championship Standing: 2nd - 187 points
"I am very happy with the result, generally speaking, because after all the problems with my injury and the doubts we've had at the last few races, we took a big step forward with my mental preparation today. We were more ready to win here, despite not being 100%. Unfortunately, our strategy was not the best. I had problems overtaking throughout the race, because I couldn't brake late and was always the third rider in the trio at the front. I think that I made my final attack one lap too late. If I had passed Jorge one lap earlier, maybe I would have been in with a chance of the victory. In any case, we had the right attitude of attacking until the end and gaining ground on Marc. I just needed another lap in order to catch him! We will try again next time. I want to thank the team for the great job that they did this weekend"
Lorenzo Battles for Brno Podium
Brno (Czech Republic), 25th August 2013
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo fought hard today to take third on the podium for the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic with teammate Valentino Rossi taking fourth.
Reigning world champion Lorenzo made an incredible start from fifth on the grid, out dragging the entire front row to take the hole-shot into turn one. Although initially able to build a gap of just over a second, he soon had rivals Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa close behind in pursuit. Lorenzo was able to hold off the attack and continue leading the race until just seven laps remained. Marquez’s first pass proved a failure with Lorenzo able to get back round the outside of the attacker and regain the front heading up the hill. The next attack came in the last corner with just four laps remaining, Marquez squeezing through for the lead. A lap later Pedrosa was to follow, Lorenzo then tucking in behind the two to secure third on the podium, just 2.2 seconds from winner Marquez.
Rossi’s race proved to be a very similar experience to Indianapolis last weekend. Holding seventh from the line he was fairly quickly able to pass Bradley Smith for sixth as the first laps passed. Satellite Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow was soon to fall in front, promoting Rossi to fifth as he began a race long battle with Alvaro Bautista. The nine-time world champion would prove to be the victor, making the crucial pass stick as the last lap wound down, taking fourth position at the line.
Lorenzo’s podium finish keeps him in third position in the world standings, 18 points behind Pedrosa in second. Teammate Rossi stays in fourth in standings on 143 points, six behind his teammate. The team now move straight to Silverstone in the UK for the third of the back-to-back races, the British Grand Prix.
3rd / +2.277 / 22 laps
“I think I did my best start in all my career in MotoGP, I took four positions and in the first laps I was really quick. Finally I couldn’t keep the same distance to second place so little by little they caught me. Especially under braking and on the straights they were faster than me so I couldn't do much more. I was a little nervous when the white flag came out because it’s really dangerous to race with slick tyres on little spots of rain but luckily it didn't come so we could finish in dry conditions. Finally when Dani overtook me it was too far to fight back, I didn't have the rear tyre or physical condition after pushing a lot all the race. The Championship is not lost yet but it’s now getting very difficult. We need just a few tenths to win the race so we have to pray for that at Silverstone!”
4th / +10.101 / 22 laps
“Today was better than Indy, especially because my disadvantage to the top is half. I wanted to do better; we have to try to do better. The first three guys are impressive, very strong; I want to stay closer to them. Unfortunately I was ten seconds back, another fourth place but I want to be closer so we have to work. We tried to improve this type of setting in the last two races but it looks like it’s not ideal. Also today I suffered a bit too much at the beginning of the race. We won’t give up and we will try next week to make a better job.”
“A very strong race from all three at the front. Of course disappointing about the result but I think the whole team can be proud of what we showed today because we had a fantastic pace in the first sixteen or so laps. They had to fight hard to get back to Jorge’s wheel. It's a pity we didn't have anything leftover for the last three laps. We have to stay strong and keep the pressure on the other two boys because finally we are now fit again and we can push them, we couldn’t a couple of races go. As long as we can push them it's possible they can make a mistake.”
“Finally the weekend ended below our expectations, however we were the protagonists in Brno, and led the race for the most laps. Unfortunately at the end we were not able to contain the Hondas. The overall ranking is complicated but our goal doesn’t change. Tomorrow we will stay in Brno for a day of testing, we hope the weather is good so we can solve the problems we had this weekend and improve our bike. Silverstone will be another race and we will do our best to win.”
ANOTHER POSITIVE RACE FOR ALVARO BAUTISTA
After strong showings at Laguna Seca and Indianapolis, Alvaro Bautista continued his great run of form at Brno. The Team GO & FUN Honda Gresini rider finished fifth in the Czech Republic Grand Prix, riding with a pace similar to those at the front for the entirety of the race. Only a speedy fightback by Valentino Rossi denied Bautista fourth place, which he missed out on by 77 thousandths of a second. Teammate Bryan Staring had a more difficult race, due to an unexpected drop in tyre performance, and eventually placed 20th.
Alvaro Bautista (5th) “Once again I had the chance to finish ahead of Rossi, but I ended up just 0.077 behind him at the line. However, I am happy because we had a good race and ran a fast pace that was better than in practice. I had a lot more confidence in the bike today. It was a nice battle with Rossi and maybe he just had a little more than I did at the end. We’re going in the right direction, continuing with what we started at Laguna Seca two races ago; this is very important. Last year we didn’t have a great feeling at Brno, but this year we went well which confirms that things are getting better. We hope to continue like this, because that way I can carry on enjoying myself alongside the Team, Honda, GO & FUN, Showa and Nissin.””
Bryan Staring (20th) “We went a little better than in practice and we suffered a little less with the chattering problem, but the result was not what we were hoping to achieve this weekend. Unfortunately at the end the tyre performance dropped off and I was unable to ride as I had in the first part of the race. It is a shame, because after the problems in practice we were not able to get a good race result.”
Fausto Gresini “I would say that this was another good day and another good result for Alvaro. He had a great race, fighting hard with Rossi and keeping up his pace. Since the race at Laguna Seca he has been closer to the front, and we are continually improving. Now we just have to take that small step up to make a big difference. In any case, we are very happy with this weekend at Brno –where last year we had a lot of problems. We have continued this fine form and this is satisying. Thanks to Alvaro, Honda and GO & FUN, and also the team, Showa and Nissin for their great work.”
BRADL ENDS IN 6th HIS COMPLEX CZECH GRAND PRIX
Brno, 25 August: the LCR Honda MotoGP rider Stefan Bradl rode his Honda RC213V to a positive sixth place in today’s 22-lap Czech GP at Brno race track scoring further important points which saw him holding the 6th place in the world classification. The German rider, who was the fastest on the first day of qualifying, failed to reproduce that form in the frenetic 15-minute QP2 reporting some front-end issues which relegated him 8th on the grid. Bradl leaves Brno circuit with some disappointment and the will to bounce back at Silverstone in few days.
“The sixth position is not that bad considering the whole weekend but I really wanted to be faster. We could not improve the bike as I would like because I had many problems with the edge grip on right and left sides of the rear tyre. I had to fight to pick up the bike to get a little bit of drive out of the corner to accelerate. I tried many things to save the rear tyre during the race but here, with these long corners, you have to carry the corner speed and, at the beginning, I was behind Rossi and Smith and I saw they could carry more corner speed. We wanted to stay with Rossi and Bautista but I was not capable to keep that speed. Let’s move to Silverstone to keep working”.
Dovizioso, Hayden seventh and eighth in Czech Republic GP
Racing in cool but dry conditions in front of a crowd of 142,030 spectators, Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden finished in seventh and eighth place, respectively, in the Czech Republic GP at the Brno circuit.
Having started from the ninth and tenth spots on the grid, Dovizioso and Hayden found themselves in those same positions at the completion of lap one, and they proceeded to race one another nose-to-tail for all twenty-two laps. Both Ducati Team racers picked up positions when Bradley Smith and Cal Crutchlow crashed in separate incidents, and when the chequered flag flew, the Italian was in seventh place, with his teammate just .339 seconds behind, in eighth.
Next weekend will find the Ducati Team racing for the third time in as many weeks, this time at the Silverstone Circuit, site of the British Grand Prix.
Andrea Dovizioso - Ducati Team, 7th
“For what we could expect today, I’m pretty pleased because I was able to have a consistent pace, and I managed to get under 1’58” at the end of the race. I did the whole race in front of Nicky; I pushed my hardest, and I didn’t make many mistakes. I’m happy with my performance, but of course the gap is too much; 35 seconds is really a lot.”
Nicky Hayden - Ducati Team, 8th
“Once again, the guys in front were quite a bit quicker than us. Dovi got away from me in the beginning, but I was able to bring him back and race with him a bit. He was right in front of me at the end, but there was really nowhere to put in a clean pass without making it touchy. He rode a great race and covered all the lines the last couple laps. The bike was definitely better in the warm-up, and then in the race, I felt the best over the bumps that I have all weekend. I did the sighting lap on the hard front tyre, but I switched to the soft on the grid. It was a bit of a gamble, but it turned out to be the right choice.”
Bernhard Gobmeier – Ducati Corse General Manager
“It was a difficult weekend for us again because we had the same problems as last week at Indianapolis. Both of our riders did a very good job, and they gave their best efforts, but we’re aware that despite the little improvements we’ve made so far, we still have a long way to go in improving the GP13. Obviously, more technical steps will be necessary to bring us closer to the second group. We’ll also continue with our intense testing program. We have some new parts to try as we work to improve the bike’s behaviour.”
Crutchlow and Smith leave Brno empty handed
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team duo Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith’s Czech Republic MotoGP race didn’t live up to expectations after both fell out of top six contention in cool and cloudy conditions at the Brno track this afternoon.
Confident he could battle for a fifth podium of 2013 after a memorable qualifying performance put Crutchlow in pole position for the second time in his MotoGP career, the 27-year-old was locked in an exciting battle with Valentino Rossi and Alvaro Bautista in the early laps.
The three-way fight was a repeat of a similar exciting tussle one week ago at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway and a determined Crutchlow led the way until he tumbled out of fourth position on lap eight.
The British rider was able to rejoin the 22-lap race and demonstrating the never-give-up attitude that has become his trademark in MotoGP, he fought through from the back of the field to take 17th at the chequered flag.
Smith was also optimistic that he could battle for a top six result after he too impressed with an outstanding qualifying performance yesterday. The rookie equalled his best grid position in sixth and he was running a strong pace right behind nine-times World Champion Valentino Rossi in front of a massive crowd of just over 142,000 fans.
Feeling comfortable and confident after improving his pace on a full fuel tank in practice, Smith’s challenge was ended prematurely when he crashed at Turn 9 while occupying seventh.
Today’s race might not have had the outcome Crutchlow and Smith had hoped for, but both have once again demonstrated their high potential in Brno and the British pair are now eagerly anticipating a return to form in front of their home fans at Silverstone next Sunday.
Cal Crutchlow 17th – 127 points :
“Obviously I am disappointed after qualifying in pole position but I had to push really hard to try and get away from Bautista and Rossi. Lorenzo made an incredible start and his first lap was really strong and that put us all under pressure. I was happy with my pace and I felt comfortable but then I made a mistake. I was trying to get myself back in contention for the podium and I lost the front. I am sure I could have finished fourth but I got back on a damaged bike and set a fast and consistent pace and I never gave up. It is not the best preparation for my home race at Silverstone but I go there knowing I have the pace and that I can be challenging at the front. I am really excited for Silverstone and I know the support from the British fans will be incredible, so hopefully I can give them something to cheer about.”
Bradley Smith DNF – 59 points :
“The race ended far too soon and it is not the way we wanted a positive weekend to end. I don’t feel I did anything different in that corner and I felt comfortable and the bike felt very good. The improvements we made on a full fuel tank made the bike much better in the early part of the race but I got caught out in Turn 9. The data showed I accelerated a fraction earlier and those small margins can make all the difference. Unfortunately the handlebar was broken so I couldn’t get back in the race. But in my rookie season this can happen when you are pushing to try and learn and build experience. At least I don’t have to wait long for Silverstone. I’m disappointed with today but highly motivated to build on the positive points we gained here. Racing at home is always special but this will be my first MotoGP race at Silverstone and I can’t wait.”
Herve Poncharal – Team Manager :
“We are disappointed because Cal and Bradley started the race with high expectations after they had performed so well all weekend. I knew both of them were going to push very hard and that’s what they did. I think fourth position was Cal’s potential today and I am certainly not going to blame him for crashing because he was pushing hard to try and recover the gap to the top three. I think he was much faster than Valentino and Alvaro but he got back on the bike and pushed right to the end and that typifies his fighting spirit. Bradley was really strong and unfortunately he paid a big price for a small mistake. It would have been good to see him try and learn from that experienced group in front of him but he has shown his pace again this weekend and I am very happy with his progress. The good news from today was that both of them were not injured, so we can head to Silverstone with confidence high that they can produce a strong showing in front of the British fans. I know they are both really pumped up for Silverstone and I have no doubt we will experience a better outcome than today.”
ESPARGARÓ BACK IN TOP TEN AND ON THE GAS IN CRT BATTLE
POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar rider smiling again, 10th in the race and 10th in standings, with teammate Randy de Puniet back in the points
Although the MotoGP grid had an unfamiliar look to it, the race itself went more according to script and was a spectacular affair. Lorenzo made a great start and built up a lead over a second on his rivals by lap two, adding a further three tenths to that advantage on the next lap. Márquez and Pedrosa both also started well and stayed with the World Champion in the podium hunt, leaving the rest of the field way behind. Lorenzo had laid his cards on the table but his rivals were wise to his plan. On lap nine the leaders bunched up with Lorenzo and Márquez putting on a great show as they battled for the lead, with Pedrosa waiting for his moment. Eventually Márquez asserted his superiority and Pedrosa followed him through for second, with Lorenzo completing the podium at a circuit which was fancied as favouring the Yamaha.
When Aleix Espargaró is happy there is no way he can hide his infectious smile and he lit up the POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar Team box with a typically happy face today, after a great race at Brno. After a crash yesterday things went much better today, despite a strong challenge from Edwards as top CRT. Once Espargaró was locked into tenth place in the early laps no-one would challenge him and his six points take him up to 10th in the standings as his first half of the season competitiveness returns. Meanwhile, the visit to the Czech Republic saw a step forward for Randy de Puniet, who is back to point scoring ways. Early in the race he looked competitive again and in spite of a rear grip issue almost causing a crash he stayed upright to reach the finish line.
10º Aleix Espargaró: “I am satisfied with the result today, especially with what happened yesterday in a tough day. I had a bad feeling when riding, with no explanation, and I crashed before qualifying. However, in the warmup session my team put all of those problems behind us. They completely changed the bike, mainly the electronics. I want to thank them for their work, because I hope that they feel rewarded by this result. The changes gave me the confidence on the corners. I am very happy with the start of the race, as I felt comfortable and enjoyed my riding. In the second half I suffered a bit more, because the rear tyre was sliding a lot. I leave Brno happy, we have regained our confidence and taken a great tenth place. I was once again the best CRT as well, which is great.”
15º Randy De Puniet: “This morning we made a change to the front fork that ended up giving a positive result. It helped me to feel comfortable at the start of the race and I felt better than I have in a while. It was a pleasant surprise, and I was even aiming to overtake Colin Edwards, but from Lap 5 onwards I saw that the rear tyre performance was dropping off considerably. That meant that the front suffered too, and so I had to focus on riding as steadily as possible. I would have liked to have been able to keep my level up from start to finish, but at least we were back to being competitive. In the next race we will work on gaining durability.”
Andrea Iannone rewarded by consistency, perseverance
Andrea Iannone earned a top-ten result in today’s Czech Republic Grand Prix, hosted at the Brno circuit, where the Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team rider posted a ninth-place finish that put him third best among the Ducati riders.
The eleventh round of the MotoGP World Championship was held under a cloudy and threatening sky, and with nine laps remaining, a hint of rain led the race stewards to wave the white flag, indicating that the race was declared wet and that riders and teams were allowed to change bikes. No one took the option, however, as the precipitation held off through the remainder of the twenty-two-lap race.
Iannone and his team are now preparing for the final event in this tripleheader, the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on 1 September.
Andrea Iannone – Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
“I’m happy. The race started well, and for the first few laps, my pace was very close to Nicky and Dovi, and I also managed to be consistent. This means that we’re improving, learning, and working well. I started to get tired after ten laps; I had no strength for braking and acceleration, and I couldn’t stay on the bike. All in all, this weekend was positive. After the two falls and two hard days that I had to deal with, and which weren’t helped by my injury, we ended up having a good race. Of course it would be better for me if we could have next week off, as flying directly to Silverstone to compete in another race next week doesn’t help. I just hope it doesn’t get worse because at least I know what to expect. We’ll see.”
Round 11 of MotoGP World Championship Complete
Having started the Czech Republic Grand Prix from the fourteenth spot on the grid, Michele Pirro (serving as a substitute rider for Texan Ben Spies) gained two positions during the race, ending in twelfth place.
The twenty-two-lap race started under a gray and threatening sky, with lower temperatures than those that had marked the previous two days, and although the Italian lacked confidence in his bike’s front end and was ultimately unsatisfied, the experience was helpful in his getting used to the spec of Desmosedici GP13 that he’ll campaign again in one week at the Silverstone GP on 1 September.
Pirro now heads to Misano, where he’s scheduled to take part in three challenging days of testing with the Ducati Test Team before returning to the Ignite Pramac Racing Team garage in the UK.
Michele Pirro – Ignite Pramac Racing Team
“After the warm-up session, I thought I might have a little more feeling with the front, but that wasn’t the case. The only change we made was to switch to the front soft tyre, but I didn’t get the same feeling as this morning. That hurt me a lot, and honestly I didn’t want to take unnecessary risks because now I’ll be involved in three days of testing at Misano, followed by the Silverstone GP. I’m disappointed because I thought I’d be able to do better. I’ll try next week, although it’s harder with this bike than I expected.”
Edwards second best CRT at Brno
The Brno GP weekend comes to and end for the NGM Mobile Forward Racing riders Colin Edwards and Claudio Corti
After the fantastic results obtained during yesterday’s qualifying session at Brno, the Texan rider has taken full advantage of his starting grid position by performing a very good beginning of the race and staying with Espargaro, fighting for top CRT. The gap with the Spaniard has been of a second and for the third race in a row, Edwards´s FTR – Kawasaki has been the second best CRT.
Teammate Claudio Corti was less fortunate today. After a promising beginning of the race, during the second lap of the race he was crashed into by Barbera. In order to exclude any possible damage after the concussion, the Italian rider was taken from the circuit’s clinic to the local Brno hospital to conduct further checks. The TAC done at the hospital allowed the doctors to exclude any further damage. Corti will remain at the hospital overnight under observation and will be flying back to Italy tomorrow.
The consistent results show the development that the team has been doing with the FTR – Kawasaki bike. Both riders have a good feeling with their bike sand look forward to the next race that will take place at Silverstone next week.
“Overall it was a good weekend, really happy with the race, I gave everything I had. Got a good start, got out there but the problem obviously was that on the first lap, run long on the straightaway, Pirro with the horsepower that he had passed right by me. I knew that I had a faster pace than him all weekend and once he got by me I know he had grip and could keep a little distance on me. Once his grip went away and he started making some little mistakes, I put a pretty hard pass on him, just put my head down and went as fast as I could possibly go and gave everything I had to try to catch Espargaro. There at the end, at the last five or six lap, four laps I had no grip and was spinning in the corner and obviously I was still pushing and catching on to Espargaro little by little but I ran out of time and run out of grip. Thanks to my team, they have done a fantastic job over the last few weekends. Its really a pleasure to ride a bike again in which you feel comfortable.”
“Unfortunately today on the second lap Barbera crashed into me causing me to fall without being able to do anything to prevent it. I had a good setup for this race and I could have done well. After the crash and having suffered a concussion, I was taken to the circuit’s Clinic to get checked and later on I was taken to the local hospital at Brno for a TAC. Everything is ok with me but they are keeping me overnight under observation as a precaution, I will be able to fly back to Italy tomorrow. See you all at Silverstone.”
“For the third race in a row we have been very close to finishing the race as best CRT. Colin ha done a fantastic job and has finished at only one second from Espargaró. The progress we are making is constant, we improve both during free practices and race and are definitely closing gap with the other CRTs. Unfortunately Claudio was taken out by Barberá. He could have done a good race and finish in the points but this is racing and things like this happen. We are constantly improving, the progress made through the season has been constant and we are becoming more competitive. Our goal is to finish the season following this line of work. We are currently the second best CRT in the general standing, Espargaro is very far from us but we will try to maintain our position.”
PETRUCCI THIRD AMONG THE CRT, ZARCO FIFTH IN BRNO'S MOTO2 RACE
BRNO, August 25, 2013 - Great day for the CAME Iodaracing colors in the GP of the Czech Republic, with Danilo Petrucci third among the CRTs machines (13 th overall in MotoGP class) and Johann Zarco fifth and fastest in the Moto2 race.
In Moto2, the French CAME Iodaracing Team rider has taken another step towards its competitive maturity. Johann Zarco, in fact, had begun to climb the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic, arriving at the first corner after the start in twelfth position, but afterhalf race he was able to fight with Pol Espargarò for the fourth place. In the last lap, Zarco was able to give his best with the CAME Iodaracing Suter, setting the fastest race lap in 2.02.605. The Moto2 race at Brno was won by the Mika Kallio, with Takaaki Nakagami and Thomas Luthi on the podium. After today's race, Zarco is now in sixth place in the Moto2 world standings with 86 points.
In MotoGP, good performance of Danilo Petrucci, who was able to get on the podium of the CRTs ending his run behind Aleix Espargaro and Colin Edwards. Danilo has conducted a race for framing, managing to get the better of its direct rivals in the standings, Randy De Puniet and Hiroshi Aoyama. In the CRT ranking, Danilo Petrucci is now fourth with 21, 16th in the MotoGP world championship. Bad luck for Lukas Pesek, home rider in Brno, is slipped over losing the front of his Ioda Suter BMW.
JOHANN ZARCO - MOTO2 RIDER - FIFTH PLACE "I'm really happy with my race. On the track, I was always the fastest, improving six times the fastest lap of the race. Unfortunately I had a bad start and after the first four curves, Redding touched me making me finish on the grass, on my return I was fifteen and from there I started to push hard to catch the lead group which was not far from me, then I was halfway through the race in sixth place behind Espargarò. Four laps to go I had a hard time to the point that I buffered overtake the Spaniard when he shut the steering, this was a risky moment for all of us For this episode I lost ground, but with only three laps I had no time to get on the podium. I want to thank the team for the great job so far and I cannot wait to get to Silverstone, a track where I have always been fast. "
DANILO PETRUCCI - MOTOGP RIDER - 13 ° CLASSIFIED - 3rd CRT "For me, this was a really good race and it's only about my team. My bile was really better yesterday. The chattering I had in the practice on my bike is gone and that's why I was able to achieve this good result. I started well, then I made a couple of mistakes that I have been able to recover Hernandez and De Puniet. In the end, I was also able to overtake Aoyama and my race ended with the third place in the CRT. For me, this weekend had started badly.I've been a stomach ache and I was not able to do some good tests, I was weak. Then the situation has improved and today's race makes me confident for Silverstone " .
Pesek - MOTOGP RIDER - DNF "I wanted to do well in my home race in front of my fans and I must say it was one of the best weekends of the season despite the crash. I started well on the race, then in the first corner the front closed because of the chattering. It 's a shame because I could fight for the nineteenth position, I hope to make a better week end in Silverstone. "
Abraham finishes home race on nineteenth position
Despite strong pain Karel Abraham has finished home race. The Czech rider was fighting with Bryan Staring and he defended his position in front of him. Second Czech rider in premier class, Lukáš Pešek crashed out in second lap.
„The aim for today was to finish the race. From this point of view it was not bad today however nineteenth position is not a result we can be happy about. This morning I tried to ride without anesthetics in the warm up to raise efficiency of them during the race. After the start I got in front of Lukáš but in the third corner Aoyama took me little bit out side and Lukáš overtook me. In Schwantz corner Bauer hit me and I don’t even understand how is possible that I managed it. However it was quit bad because it slowed me down a lot and so my body absolved another collision and my shoulder has started to hurt more. Essentially I ride the race with Staring and since a second half of the race I was thinking about the retirement because of the pain. When remained only eight laps to go I have decided to try to finish the race. We will see what bring next week. For now we are considering to skip the race and come back in good shape in Misano.“
Marco Grana, chief mechanic of team Cardion AB Motoracing
„We finished the race and that is the maximum we could want considering Karel’s health condition after Indianapolis. Karel deserves a compliment because he gave everything to the race even he had nothing to lose he finished it. The bike worked well. Of course the nineteenth position is not our position but in this moment it was the maximum that we could reach. I think that Karel should skip one race and use tree weeks of break to get in better shape. It does not mean hundred percent but I believe he could be eighty percent OK.“
Victorious Marquez continues record-breaking run in Czech Republic
Round 11: Czech Republic MotoGP™ - Race
Brno, Sunday 25 August 2013
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft & Hard. Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)
Weather: Dry. Ambient 19-20°C; Track 22-23°C (Bridgestone measurement)
Marc Marquez won today’s Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno to become the first premier-class rider to claim five wins in a rookie season as the Repsol Honda rider’s amazing run of results continues unabated.
Starting third on the grid, Marquez was engaged in a three-way dogfight for the lead with teammate Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo, with Marquez setting a new Circuit Record Lap time of 1’56.135 on lap three in his efforts to push to the front of the pack. Marquez managed the race-winning overtake on Lorenzo on lap nineteen and despite late pressure from Pedrosa, crossed the finish line 0.313 seconds ahead of his teammate with Lorenzo taking third a further 1.9 seconds behind. Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro emerged victorious from a battle with NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards to claim top CRT honours, the Spanish rider finishing in tenth place just one second ahead of the American.
Today’s weather conditions were cool and overcast with a peak track temperature of 24°C – ten degrees cooler than in qualifying yesterday. Drops of rain fell during the race, raising the possibility of a flag-to-flag race but ultimately the rain didn’t affect the outcome of the event and the overall race time was the fastest ever recorded at the Brno circuit. The cool conditions resulted in all riders selecting the softer option rear slicks, while three riders also opted for the soft compound front slick with the other twenty-two riders on the hard compound front. Tyre degradation during the race was consistent, with the lap times among the leading pack dropping around half a second from the beginning to the end of the twenty-two lap contest.
By virtue of winning his fifth race of the year, Marquez extends his lead in the MotoGP championship to twenty-six points over teammate Pedrosa. Lorenzo keeps third place in the standings and sits forty-four points off the lead.
Shinji Aoki – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department
“Brno once again gave us an exciting race and it seems there is no stopping Marc at the moment, so congratulations to him and Repsol Honda on another amazing performance today. Temperatures were slightly cooler today so no riders decided to use the harder rear slick for the race and the cool weather also prompted some riders to choose the soft compound front slick, although the majority raced with the harder front. For the second race in a row we had new Circuit Best Lap and Circuit Record Lap times being set in qualifying and the race so I am very pleased with how our tyres performed this weekend.”
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda – Race Winner
“Today I enjoyed the race a lot, both because of the victory and also the battle with Jorge and Dani. I didn’t expect a victory here, maybe just a podium, as Yamaha are so strong here and Dani won the race last year. I’m so happy to get the twenty-five points and the win and I’m now looking forward to the next race.”